Outdoor rugs can be a great addition to any patio or deck, but they require regular maintenance to keep them looking their best. Fortunately, cleaning outdoor rugs is relatively easy and can be done with a few simple ingredients. For most messes, a homemade cleaning solution of diluted dish soap and warm water is sufficient. For tougher stains, mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide into a paste.
In a bucket, mix a small amount of the detergent or carpet cleaner of your choice with cold or warm water. Apply the mixture to the carpet with a soft brush or sponge. Spread your carpet over a flat, reasonably clean space and rinse it to remove any loose debris and accumulated dirt. Using the jet setup on the hose will also help loosen things up.
To extend the life of your outdoor rug, it's important to clean it thoroughly at the beginning and end of the season, and wipe off stains as soon as you notice them. When cleaning an outdoor rug, it's important to make sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions. Start by throwing a little cleaner directly on the carpet and then use a specialized patio cleaner. Finally, make sure that your outdoor rug is spread out to dry completely or hung on a clothesline or fence.